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Naji Hakim: Works for Organ & Chamber Ensemble

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2012

Originally recorded in 2011


Naji Hakim


Danish Chamber Players


Nykøbing F. Teater & Vangede Kirke, Gentofte, Denmark

8-16 Sept 2011


Augustin Parsy

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Total Time - 64:48
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Sakskøbing Præludier (2005)

1 Mit hjerte altid vanker 2:22
  Always my heart wanders  
2 Nærmere, Gud, til dig 2:11
  Nearer, my God, to Thee  
3 O Gud, du ved og kender 0:50
  O God, Thou knowest  
4 At sige verden ret farvel 1:20
  The last farewell to life on earth  
5 Hil dig, Frelser og Forsoner! 2:35
  Hail You, Saviour and Atoner  
6 Den mørke nat forgangen er 2:10
  The gloomy night to morning yields  
7 Nu blomstertiden kommer 1:46
  Now the flowers are blooming  
8 Påskeblomst! hvad vil du her? 1:43
  Paschal Flow'r! why do you care to come forth?  
9 Op, al den ting, som Gud har gjort 1:43
  Arise, all things that God has made  
10 O kristelighed! 4:09
  O thou, image of Christ!  
11 Så vældigt det mødte os først vor dåb 1:14
  How wonderful, that the Word first met us in baptism  
12 Befal du dine veje 2:10
  Commit thy way (unto God)  

Kammerkoncert No.1 (2008)

  Solen skinner altid på Beirut  
  The Sun Shines Always On Beirut  

Kammerkoncert No.2 (2010)

  Kom, lad os gå til Betlehem  
  Come, Let Us Go To Bethlehem  
14 I Velkommen igen, Guds engle små (Welcome again, God's small angels: Allegro 2:44
15 II Dejlig er den himmel blå (Lovely is the blue sky): Andante 2:32
16 III Et barn er født i Betlehem (A child is born in Bethlehem): Allegro 2:56

Concerto No.4 (2007)

  for Organ and Chamber Ensemble  
17 I Strømmende (Streaming): Ritmico 4:58
18 II Sorrig og glæde (Sorrow and gladness): Andante 7:15
19 III Uudslukkelig (Unestinguishable): Allegro con fuoco 8:10

A prolific composer and organist, Naji Hakim is truly one of the most versatile performer-composers working today, garnering praise from his numerous organ and composition competition prizes as well as an award from Pope Benedict XVI for his musical work in benefit of the church. 
This new recording with the Danish Chamber Players explores some of Hakim’s works for chamber ensemble and organ, with performances from the Th. Frobenius & Sonner Organ of Vangede Kirke, Gentofte, Denmark.

 "... here we have a collection of 12 very pleasant, short pieces 9one to four minutes) based on tunes in a new Danish hymn book. These are played by the eight-member Danish Chamber Players ...  All the settings of hymn tunes are easy to listen to, with conservative harmonies."

Donald Metz - American Record Guide - March/April 2013

 "The music could hardly be more authoritatively performed than it is here ... It’s an extra ordinary collection, absolutely original and quite compelling in its way, excellently performed and recorded... A very remarkable record."   *****

James Palmer - The Organ magazine - Spring 2013

 "The Sakskøbing Præludier are vigorously entertaining chorale arrangements. Concerto No 4 stars the composer, firing off an explosively active finale."   ****

Terry Blain - BBC Music magazine  (Brief Notes Section) - February 2013

"By far the strongest, leanest work is the vividly scored Concerto No 4 for organ and chamber ensemble ... The finale is a riot of joyous dancing." 
Gramophone magazine - December 2012 

 "Although belonging to the great tradition of Parisian organist-composers, Naji Hakim has gained a considerable reputation as a composer away from the organ loft. This disc of his chamber music shows a side to his creative talent that will impress anyone who  still thinks of him primarily as an organist... They [Danish Chamber Players]  are excellent, playing with superb clarity and evidently wholly immersed in Hakim’s idiosyncratic style. To have Hakim playing his own concerto is also, of course, a considerable draw. It’s a well-produced and above all entertaining release, with clear, immediate sound satisfyingly recorded in slightly wet acoustics, allowing the sound to resonate without losing transparency..."

Peter Lynan - International Record Review - January 2013

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